About the property
- Estate20000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
4 Bedrooms or 11 Bedrooms
The Big House is located in the center of Parsons Beach, a two mile private beach and perhaps the most dramatic stretch of beautiful sandy beaches in southern Maine. Parsons Beach – a private family enclave – has been in the Parsons family for hundreds of years and remains unspoiled to this day – and yet is only 90 minutes from Boston and 40 minutes from Portland, Maine.
Casual elegance, timeless architecture, a superb location, make this magnificiant home the ideal choice for a relaxing getaway, active vacation, family celebration or business retreat. Whether you enjoy sports, shopping, historical adventures or just plain adventure, the Kennebunk Coastal area abounds with something for everyone
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Long-time Executive Producer of 'This Old House' - Bruce Irving - states:
“The Big House is, in my opinion, one of the finest examples of seaside architecture on the East Coast. An act of defiance on its exposed, wind- and spray-swept point, it's the quintessential weathered New England house paired with an equally hardy lone pine. It's an icon that captures man's complex relationship with the land and ocean.”
Perched on a rock-bound promontory overlooking the ocean on the private acreage of Parsons Beach in Kennebunk, The Big House may very well be the most picturesque—and probably the grandest— house on the East Coast: The annex part of the home has 4 bedrooms, an elegant library, livingroom, kitchen and dining room. The annex has a private entrance and private living quarters to accommodate a family of 6. Interior details such as its hand-crafted wood floors (inlay designs) and crown moldings further underscore its grandeur. Because it offers one mile of private beach on either side of its promontory, called Hart’s Rocks, it is unique among coastal dwellings.
The Big House also has a proud but little-known history. Built in its present location in the 1888 by Charles Parsons, the house has remained in the family through several generations. It has also provided summertime shelter and beach recreation to American presidents, business leaders, and celebrities: Cole Porter and Humphrey Parsons, classmates at Yale, vacationed there, staying in what is now the Annex. (Most recently, former President George Bush enjoys fishing near Hart’s Rock because the Mousam River flows into the ocean there. Through the decades, children, sunbathers, joggers, fishermen, pleasure boats skirting the shore, seals sunbathing on rock outcrops, and guests have all brought the summer scene to life for the family.
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- May 7, 2018
Why Audrey Zahares chose Kennebunk
Parsons Beach is one of the finest beaches in Maine. The sand is soft, white and plentiful. The surf comes and goes with beautiful breaking waves that it keeps you mindful, but perhaps the best part of this mile long beach is privacy. Sometimes you may even find yourself alone when you take a morning or evening walk. At the far end of Crescent Surf Beach is a conservation area for Least Terns and Piping Plovers donated to the Rachel Carson Preserve. Beyond the nesting birds, warmer waters of Little River head to the sea twice daily. Fishermen cast off the shore or wade out to catch strippers at Little River; they fish from Hart's Rocks in front of the Big House or at neighboring Mousam River.
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We just returned from a few days at the Big House in Kennebunk, ME and we already miss the amazing sunrises on the porch with our coffee, early walks on Crescent Beach, the surf lulling us to sleep and awake. We love all the special touches...great table books, family photos, lovely antiques, comfy beds and so many other things that make the Big House the perfect, comfortable home away. The cozy fire pit, outside dining table, lounge chairs and large kitchen table encourage family conversation early and late into the night, the puzzle crowd and game players enjoyed flowing in and out of the great room and other sitting rooms. I adore the floor border, the reading nook and imagining how generations have enjoyed that fantastic, historic room since the 1890's. The view from the dining room is spectacular....every where one roams the view is awe inspiring.. Even with our large family there were always quiet places where one could get lost in a good book. We explored every venue and could not choose which one we loved best. The teens, young kids and the young at heart all enjoyed playing sand soccer, football, making sand structures, surfing, running, beach walking and sighting a beached baby seal returning to his family. We collected memories in a few days that will last for the rest of our lives. We are grateful to have been able to enjoy this paradise found.
The Greater Gatsby
The Big House is what F. Scott Fitzgerald would have envisioned had his novel been set on the Maine Coast. Even the road leading to the property felt as special as Augusta's Magnolia Lane. Newly renovated, with old-world charm and views from every room; The BIg House transported me to a place I never wanted to leave. Crashing waves helped me sleep like a child, and the hosts made me feel like it was my home. I thought places like this only existed in movies until now.
The most beautiful home in Maine
I am lucky enough to have been to this iconic Maine home on Parsons Beach a couple of times. The views are beyond breath taking and it is the perfect sanctuary to spend time with family and friends. There is nothing more amazing than waking up here and enjoying a cup of coffee on the spectacular front lawn over looking the beach. The house itself is so beautifully decorated with panoramic views of the water, beach, and sunset. There is a fireplace in the living room that just makes for the perfect setting for cocktails in the evening while you watch the tide roll in. Did i mention the awesome fire pit outside as well? I cant say enough wonderful things about this home, its beyond amazing!:):):)
A Seaside Blockbuster
If Scarlett O'Hara moved to Maine, she'd live here. This seaside Tara blends state-of-the-art amenities with old world majesty. A stone's throw from hipster Kennebunkport, the real magic of this uber private estate lies in the crashing waves just outside your master suite. Simply priceless.
"The Big House " is a gem at the sea.
My family and I had the extraordinary opportunity to stay at this fabulous estate on the beach. The home has beautiful "original" hardwood floors dating back more than 100yrs , coffered ceilings, and fantastic ocean views. Tons of windows invite morning sun and spectacular sunsets. This home is truly special ! The pictures (as nice as they are) do not do this home justice.
This Big House is ideal for those who seek privacy but don't want to sacrifice convenience. Ideal for family and friend gatherings. We can't wait to go back.
Incredible views/sparkling interior
We had a spectacular stay at the “Big House”. Every room is warm and inviting with panoramic views of the sea. It is perfectly and simply decorated with gleaming wood floors, clean bright colors and sun reflected from the ocean everywhere. While this house is certainly elegant, it is also great for families with children of all ages. All 21 of us had a blast!
Just 90 miles north of Boston, there's a glorious little corner of Maine where lobstermen still command the sea, where shop owners greet their visitors like long-lost friends and where the time-warp charm of New England's old-world fishing villages takes us back to simpler times – back when leisurely summer evenings were spent on front porches enjoying soft ocean breezes. Welcome to the pristine seaside community of Kennebunk– worlds away from the stress of everyday living. Recapture childhood memories of sun-drenched days spent at the beach. Renew your sense of adventure by cruising out of Cape Porpoise on a working lobster boat, fly-fishing on the Mousam River or shopping at the wonderful little stores in the village. Let our small-town community spirit become part of the fabric of your life – for a day or for a lifetime. Other Activities: Kayaking